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Twilight Struggle is back for another year. Deluxe
edition will be used as the default; the FAQ, Q&A, and a
list of the changes from 1st to 2nd edition can all be found
at Consimworld.com, in the Twilight Struggle folder, and
on the Boardgame Geek. A list of card changes from 1st to 2nd
edition is in the same locations (and included in the FAQ). Players
should check the same two locations for changes to the deluxe
edition. Incomplete games will use final scoring rules.
If necessary to accommodate even numbers in the next round,
a player will get a bye. Past champion gets the first bye. After
that, byes will be determined randomly.
Balancing rules will be in effect. We will use the Chinese
Civil War option from the deluxe set as the default. No optional
cards unless both players decide to do so (NOTE that the revised
Ames from Deluxe is not an optional card, but part of
the basic card set). Players that do not have the Chinese Civil
War variant and do not know it may play 2nd edition rules instead.
In either case, players may bid PCs for sides. Both players roll
a die. The high roller gets the first bid or side preference
(no minimum). From there, simple auction bidding with the high
bid taking the preferred side. Losing bidder then receives the
amount of the bid in additional influence, placed after all other
setup is complete, and only in countries where the player already
has influence. Over-control is permitted with the influence placement
from the bid.
A list of the card changes from 1st to 2nd edition can be seen